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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

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Your history matters!

eabh maintains a global network of financial professionals and academics

Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are members of eabh.


eabh members recognize their responsibility towards society. Only a well functioning financial sector can help to increase the welfare of all.


eabh places current challenges of the financial sector into a historical context. Our historians work on long-term topics that matter to the management of financial institutions and policy makers.


eabh promotes archives. Accurate and accessible records of past activities are the indispensable foundation for a sustainable global financial system.


Risk management

Snippets of 2014 eabh annual conference ‘Risk Management’, 13 June 2014, Rüschlikon, Switzerland.

Banks at war

Archival workshop ‘Banks at War. Financial Institutions confronted by the Great War.’, 12 June 2014, Rüschlikon, Switzerland.


Our network

eabh circulates sound research and information upon which today’s decision makers can rely.

The legacy of the past continually resurfaces to determine actions in the present and the future. Through eabh membership institutions gain access to a global network of financial history experts who can provide  competent advice.

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Recent publications

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Architecture & Finance Vol. 2

eabh bulletin 2017

Carmen Hofmann

Gabriella Massaglia (eds.)


Legacy of finance

Conference papers

eabh e.V. (ed.)


Legacy of finance - Conference report

Pál Péter Kolozsi


Appraisal in the digital era

eabh e.V. (ed.)


2016 annual report

outlook 2017 - 2019

Carmen Hofmann, eabh (ed.)


History of Financial Institutions

Essays on the history of European finance, 1800–1950

Carmen Hofmann

Martin Müller (eds.)

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Architecture & Finance Vol. 1

eabh bulletin 2016

Carmen Hofmann

Gabriella Massaglia (eds.)


The Critical Function of History in Banking and Finance

Studies in Banking and Financial History

Vappu Ikonen

Duncan Ross (eds.)


Financial Innovation, Regulation and Crises in History

Piet Clement

Harold James

Herman Van der Wee (eds.)

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Calling London

Travels by British Bankers, 1904-63


The Origins and Nature of Scandinavian Central Banking


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Archival Legislation for Finance (ALFF) in Europe

eabh believes that safeguarding the records of financial institutions will improve the protection of global financial stability. Authentic and reliable memory systems are needed to understand current crises and to evaluate risks.

For that reason a project on archival legislation for finance (ALFF) has been started in 2012 with the objective of collecting information about best practices of financial institutions in building and improving their archives.

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Money in Africa

Monetary and financial decolonisation in Africa in the 20th Century

9 Oct 2017

Lisbon, Portugal

eabh in cooperation with Banco do Portugal and Banque de France.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the history of the monetary and financial processes of decolonization. The objective is to shed light on the different historical cross-experiences.

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The data dilemma: a risk or an asset?

10 Nov 2017

Zagreb, Croatia

eabh in cooperation with INFUTURE The amount of data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of ‘Big Data’; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systemic risk and stability.

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